McEmn Great Danes
Nikki Riggsbee Sylvia Hammarstrom Breeding Principles

Sylvia Hammarstrom has been breeding Schnauzers since 1950.  As of 1990, she has bred 500 Giant Schnauzer champions, over 50 Standard Schnauzer champions, and about 15 Miniature Schnauzer champions.

Recognize that there is a difference between breeding a good quality dog and a superstar.
To get a superstar, it takes time, dogs well bred for several generations, a well trained eye to recognize future greatness, and a lot of luck.
It is important to be able to recognize a special pup at 6 - 10 weeks, for most breeders cannot keep a dog  until 6 to 12 months.
Breed only the best to the best.  Do not waste your time on breeding mediocre dogs; there are many mediocre champions.
Don't be kennel blind.
The parents of the stud dog you choose must be as good or better than the stud dog you choose.
  Using a proven stud dog who has already produced several outstanding offspring improves your chances 100%.

Nothing can replace experience, and the longer you practice any craft the better you get.

Pick the pup that has that special carriage and attitude; not the bully, not the coward, not the largest, but the pup everyone picks out, including your non-doggy friends.
Attitude and carriage is fifty percent of a winning dog.  I don't care how perfect your dog is if he doesn't have a superior, energetic attitude, he will never be a star.  Breeding for attitude is as important as breeding for a good topline or a good front.
Do not get stuck in details.  Headhunters invariably do not have a good eye for a dog, so they get stuck on details.  A beautiful dog is a complete unit, the balance, the attitude, the carriage is far more important than any details.
Don't expect every pup in your litter to be a top champion.




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